the muse apprentice guild
--expanding the canon into the 21st century




WORK
BY DERMOT GLENNON

SYMPHONETIC

First movement
Language and vocabulary mingle in a chorus
Structuring a poem as a symphony of words
Strings sing violins tremble hauntingly
Short vowels horns trumpet low a main phrase
Belting out percussion slapping rattles kettles
Deep down deep down
Crashing to crescendo with a shushing cymbal hat
Up again and rising repetition of the main phrase
Multitude of timbres in a symphony of words
Racing climbing vigour bowing horsehair fraying
Singable tremolos shrilly trilling piccolos
Caterwauling clarinets competing to be heard

Second movement
Down to a slow low oboe solo
Bassoon doom gloom low
Oboe notes rock the room
Sad low low sad trudging
Tramping march sad low march
Horns low boom bassoons
Bright horns of hope down
Low dirge slow dirge
Clarinets sharp darkly quarking
Overtones on low slow trudging
Dull dark march harping
Harping Haunting low squall
Brass horns parp
Flickering shimmering whistling
And jiggling phoenix-like melody
On dull dark quickening march
Piccolo flute twittering
Tittering solo piccolo
A dull dark hastening march
Deep down deep down drum beat
Flickering jittering jiggety upbeat
Bomb Iraq bomb bomb iraq
Political satirical Political satirical
Tub-thumping tub-thumping
Deep down deep down shushhhhh

Third movement
Strings breeze in virtuoso violins
Flouncy poncey bouncing wavering
Each CELLOS COME IN violin HARMONISING
Sound APEGIOS followed HARSH SAWING
By JARRING CHORDS cello HARMONIES
Light airy offset with low tones
Serenity warm harsh bowing sawing tones
Surreally floating quickening bridging
Toplines fiddling questions answers
Three part harmonies bass
Questions answers worries
Questions answers worries
Quickening rhythmical changes
Fast staccato passages that
Hint at where they're going then
Suddenly giraffe three beat pause
Airy floating quickening slow down ending
Rippling tidally through the air
Ethereal enchanting lilting dancing
Whimsical lyric comical
Petering diminishing and
Rising to crescendo then
Ending on a single quickly
Trilling high pitched violin string

Fourth movement
Chorus belting out with all word
Instruments in a rousing climax to
A symphony of words
Strings sing Horns blare drums
Bang wind calls low horns
Bash of cymbals all voices drown
Deep down deep down
Rattling battling falsely ending
Shushing violent crash
Up again and rising
Repetition of a main phrase
Rolling lowly beating tom toms
Piccolos and clarinets
Calling out and squawking out
A symphony in words.